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Think Carl 2013 Social Problems

ThinkCarl 2013 Social Problems



Chap13: Crime

13.1Get the Topic: How Is Crime a Social Problem?

  • The author, John Carl, elucidates how criminal activities are part of social problems in the society.

13.2Measuring Crime: Crime Statistics

  • The crime rate has skyrocketed over the past years due to the pervasiveness of social hurdles.

13.3Crime Demographics

  • Crime is associated with a particular social group, the poor.

13.4Go Global: United States: Low on Theft, High on Murder

  • The United States has relative high murder crimes compared to robbery.

13.5Media and Crime

  • The media fuels crime by creating copycat criminals.

13.6Think Social Problems: What Motivates Criminal Behavior?

  • Various social problems trigger criminal behaviors poverty, unemployment, drugs.

13.7Psychological Perspectives on Crime

  • Crime is influenced by peer pressure and human needs.

13.8Sociological Explanations for Crime

  • There are high criminal activities in poverty stricken areas compared to the affluent and gated community.

13.9Make Connections: Crime and Immigration

  • Crime has a direct correlation with immigration people tend to move to secure places.

13.10Discover Solutions to Social Problems: How Can We Prevent Crime AmongYouth?

  • Social strategies such as education and awareness programs and sports

13.11Pro &amp Con: Gun Control

  • The issue of gun control has received mixed reactions with opponents and proponents having their views.

13.12Wrap Your Mind Around the Theory: How Can You Prevent Crime?

  • The government can try to reduce the unemployment levels

13.13From Classroom to Community: Encouraging Teens to Get Involved

  • Public initiative to talk the youth out of crime


Chap14: Criminal Justice

14.1Get the Topic: How Do Societies Respond to Crime?

  • The society works in collaboration with the law enforcement to reduce crime rate

14.2Creation of the Law

  • The implementation of criminal law prohibits offenders from committing crimes

14.3The U.S. Criminal Justice System

  • There criminal justice system is well established to deter criminals from recidivism

14.4Go Global: The United States in the Crosshairs

  • The United States’ crime rate is high, as gun-crime skyrocket

14.5Think Social Problems: How Do We Justify Punishment?

  • Criminal offenders are punished by being locked in jail and subjected to a harsh environment to deter recidivism.

14.6Conflict Theorist Philosophies of Criminal Sentencing

  • The main focus is on the social issues such as inequality of power and wealth

14.7Functionalist Philosophies of Criminal Sentencing

  • Criminologists assert that criminal sentencing does not have any significant impact on the behavior of criminal offenders.

14.8Symbolic Interactionist Philosophies of Criminal Sentencing

  • Criminal sentencing is a symbol for correcting behaviors and not punishment

14.9Discover Solutions to Social Problems: Can Society Punish Too Much?

  • The society can go to the extreme in punishing lawbreakers however, crimes have different magnitude

14.10Wrap Your Mind Around the Theory: How Do Societies Maintain SocialControl?

  • The society has joined hands with the police to promote peace and security

14.11Mandatory Minimums

  • The law provides various punishments depending on the crime committed. It can be either a fine, jail term or both.

14.12The Death Penalty

  • Over the past, the death penalty was more prevalent to criminal offenders of crimes such as treason and espionage.

14.13Make Connections: Incarcerate the Poor, Incarcerate the Community

  • Most criminal offenders come from the socially challenged community, the poor who make comprise of the majority.

14.14Pro &amp Con: The Death Penalty

  • Most nations have abolished the death penalty punishment as a result of the ethics and morality surrounding the issue.

14.15From Classroom to Community: Volunteering in a Detention Facility

  • Students’ participation in community service


Carl, J. D. (2013). Think Social Problems, 2013. New York: Pearson.